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The Brief Bedford Reader
A compact version of one of the most widely adopted composition readers of all time — at a significant savings to students — The Brief Bedford Reader continues to engage and inspire with 50 remarkable selections, all the outstanding instructional material of the full-length text, and a unique "Writers on Writing" feature in which 32 of the book’s writers comment on their
Paperback, 736 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by Bedford/St. Martin's
(first published 1987)
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The Brief Bedford Reader was assigned reading for a creative English college course. It is full of short essays by brilliant authors. Styles of writing include Narrative, Descriptive, Process Analysis, etc... The readings combined with the critical thinking activities found at the end of the readings, provide readers with a better understanding of the technique.
This book was great improving my writing. With passages by esteemed writers like Maya Angelou on how they begin writing a story or a book, it really teaches you how the writer's mind works, how to properly outline your forethoughts and ideas, and finally how to write in narrative form. Definitely a manual I'd recommend!
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